Janet grew up hearing her mother say, "Indian Summer always comes some time after Veteran's Day. Don't even think about calling anything in October 'Indian Summer' because that's before anyone can really appreciate it. It has to come after some serious cold!"
Perhaps it's because of this teaching that we've always looked for some mild, sunny weather after mid-November and have almost always seen at least two or three mild, sunny days in a stretch arrive during that time. Just a few years ago, it came with 70 degree air during the first week of December! This year, we skipped and smiled through the last two days of November, greeting and being greeted by everyone else outside, "Isn't this wonderful?!!" (Unfortunately, the weekend Indian Summer came with rain, so Monday-Friday career people might have missed it.)
So keep an eye on the weather forecast. Be ready to jump on that couple-three days. Enjoying them is worth time off work. Go out to rake or edge or simply walk and scuffle in crisp dry leaves.
In late fall (late November and early December) sunlight comes in at a low angle that makes everything yellow and red glow warmly. Our favorite time of the year is Indian Summer when the temperatures approach or top 50°F, the sky is clear, the wind is still and we know we have been blessed to be out in such glory.
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*We've heard rumbling that "Indian Summer" is not politically correct. We mean no offense and can't imagine why any person or group would not be glad to be credited with such a beautiful reprieve at season's end. However, if you know why we should discard the term and know the words that can replace it, please email and tell us about it!
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